If succession isn't handled well it could undermine global economic growth
Husband and wife leadership teams might be more profitable but they stifle growth, particularly international growth.
Despite low taxes and an entrepreneurial zeal among many Russians, family businesses aren't taking hold in the former Soviet Union. Family Capital looks at five reasons why.
One thing’s for sure, family businesses continue to throw up some electrifying feuds. And so it is with a Swiss chemicals and adhesives group called Sika.
They may hold a lot of senior positions, but since their main ally sold his shares the Murdochs' control of 21st Century Fox is only superficial.
The patriarch of Playmobil recently died, and left the entire business to a foundation. This model could be a way to get the best of family businesses and avoid the worst.
Legislation will make the island the first EU state to clarify the rights and responsibilities of owners.
A Thyssen investment vehicle has purchased 60% of Italy's Petrovalves, creating a strange new sort of family firm.
The Lee family which control Samsung are on a collision course with South Korea's government. But the sheer power of the largest chaebol means that the business might win any battle.  
Research shows that British family firms were less likely to go bust in the recession, and that it might be down to the way they are governed.
Minority shareholders have a right to know whether the family they are investing in is making good deals, and documents should be made public.
Research suggests that good behaviour is more common at family firms, but is that really the case? And can you generalise about ethics anyway?